Mission to MARS

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  1. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

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    This summer, Earthlings have a new big date with Mars: three exploration missions will fly to the red planet, the ultimate frontier for humanity which fuels the hope, more and more credible, of to detect signs of a past life there, and, in the future, to set foot there. The cycle of celestial mechanics offers only one window of fire every 26 months, the distance between Mars and Earth being at this period shorter than usual, which makes the journey easier (34 million miles , about six months of travel !)
    Three countries are in the starting blocks. The United Arab Emirates will open the ball on July 15th by sending the first interplanetary Arab space probe in history, Al-Amal (Hope), to study the atmosphere of the planet. China will follow, which will also make its Martian baptism with Tianwen (Questions to Heaven), by sending a probe and a small remote-controlled robot, between July 20th and 25th. The most ambitious, the American Mars 2020, will set off on July 30 to land a vehicle designed to explore the surface of the planet, the “rover” Perseverance, marking the start of a pharaonic program of never before collected from 'samples, with a view to their return to Earth. A fourth escape route, Russian-European, was planned: ExoMars and its drilling robot, but it had to be postponed to 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the 2000s and the discovery that liquid water had flowed on the surface, the attraction has increased, and Mars has become the priority of space exploration.
    Back on earth, for collectors like you and me, Mars makes us think about the Roman god of war, doesn't it ?

    Capitolini Museum, Rome.

    Even if he was viewed mostly as a destructive and destabilizing force, Mars symbolized military power as a way to secure peace, and was in fact a father (pater) of the Roman people. He was also known as the father of Romulus and Remus, had a love affair with Venus and was the son of Jupiter and Juno. He had the privilege to have a planet named in his honour, the red planet, an association made because of its red color, which suggests blood. Now it's time to show off :
    please post your favorite coins depicting the god of war, Mars.

    MARS VICTOR Ric 386a
    Ex D.Smith
    Mars with spear & shield Ric 148
    Mars nude but Paludamentum Ric 93
    Ex Forvm
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  3. Roman Collector

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    My favorite Martian:

    My favorite Mars:


    Trajan, AD 98-117
    Roman AR denarius; 2.95 gm, 20 mm
    Rome, AD 114-117
    Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate and draped bust, right
    Rev: P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Mars walking right with spear and trophy
    Refs: RIC 337; BMCRE 536-40; Cohen 270; RCV --; Woytek 520v; Strack 230; BN 819.
  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My favorite Martian:

    My favorite coin with Mars on the reverse:

    206 AD
    Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
    Reverse: PONTIF TRP VIIII COS II, Mars in military dress standing left leaning on shield holding reversed spear
    RIC 83
  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Oh, HAIL yes! Loved that show!

    My Mars rock is perhaps 4.6 Billion years old.


    RR Anon Ca 240 BCE AR Heavy Quinarius Drachm 16mm 3.0g Rome Helmet Hd Mars r - Horse’s hd sickle Cr 25-2 Syd 25 RSC 34a R
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  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    And.. excellent Mars update, @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix ! Great coins, and pics are always fun! Thanks for opening the Thread. Just read all about those missions yesterday.
  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...


    Gordian III. AD 238-244. Interesting Reverse Inscription in the Accusative Case.

    AR Antoninianus (4.11 gm). Struck 240-244 AD.

    Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

    Reverse: MARTEM PROPVGNATOREM, Mars walking right, holding transverse spear and shield.

    Reference: RIC IV 147; Hunter 59; RSC 160; Sear (1988) 2442; Sear 8624.


    Like Elon Musk, I plan to die on Mars...
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
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  9. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Trajan Denarius. 108 AD. RIC 114
    IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP, laureate head right / COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Mars walking left carrying Victory and trophy.

    Trajan Denarius. RIC 340
    IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM DAC PARTHICO, laureate draped bust right / PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR, Mars walking right, holding transverse spear and trophy.
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  10. Hamilcar Barca

    Hamilcar Barca Well-Known Member

    Excellent topic. I recommend reading this while listening to Gustav Holst Mars Bringer of War.
  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Here's Mars about to father a race of Martians.

    Antoninus Pius - As Mars Rhea Silvia 2018.jpg
    AE As. 11.34g, 27.8mm. Rome mint, AD 140 AD. RIC 694a. O: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right. R: TR POT COS III SC, Mars right, holding spear and shield, descending through the air toward sleeping Rhea Silvia.
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  12. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    Pontos Amisos Mithridates VI Mars/sword in sheath
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  13. Mike Margolis

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  14. Sidney Osborne

    Sidney Osborne Active Member

    This should play as humans first set foot on Mars...reminded me of
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  15. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    My favourite Marcian...

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  16. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Very interesting lineup. Imagine If we all came together what could be accomplished, I believe I'm dreaming though... Thanks for the post.
  17. Sidney Osborne

    Sidney Osborne Active Member

    Elon Musk is my favorite.... he is teaming up with NASA to launch the Mars mission flying by Venus for the boost then on to Mars to open
    Tesla Gigacity...
  18. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Here's my favourite......
    SEV BLACK.jpg
    Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. AR Denarius (2.89 gm, 20mm). Rome mint. Struck 228 AD.
    Obv.: IMP SEV ALE-XAND AVG, laureate head right.
    Rev.: PM TRPVII COSII PP , Mars standing right, holding shield and spear.
    RIC IV 83; BMCRE 503; RSC 337. aEF.
  19. Broucheion

    Broucheion Supporter! Supporter

    Hi All,

    Before he was Mars, he was Ares. In honor of the two moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) I have two coins to show:



    - Broucheion
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  20. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

  21. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    There was another movie about the red planet... "Mission to Mars". It was my favorite. Anyway, thanks to all for the great info.
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